Questions About Pompeo’s Cooperation With Watchdog, Sending Arms To Saudi Arabia

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly refused to be interviewed by a State Department watchdog probe examining the Trump administration’s $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year.

The investigation was prompted by a controversial move from last May, when Trump used an emergency declaration to bypass Congress in order to expedite multi-billion dollar arms sales to several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia. According to Pompeo, the goal was to “support our allies, enhance Middle East stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

CNN has reported that Secretary Pompeo refused to cooperate by submitting to an interview in the probe led by the State Department inspector general, Steve Linick. Muddying the waters further, Linick was fired by Trump just last week.

When asked, Pompeo denied knowledge of the investigation, though he…

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